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5 Worst Starting Quarterbacks With Super Bowl Rings

Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco is one of the lesser quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl. | Justin Casterline/Getty Images

This year's Super Bowl features two quarterbacks each making their first appearance in the big game. Patrick Mahomes appears to be a legend in the making, while Jimmy Garoppolo has a lot to prove. Both will look to avoid ending up on the following list of the five worst quarterbacks to ever win a Super Bowl.

5. Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 and won a Super Bowl the following year. He threw for 3,049 yards that year, but that 2002 Bucs defense is why the team won it all. Johnson was great at not making mistakes and was not a terrible quarterback. He was just a mid-level starter and backup who is not on par with legends who have won a Super Bowl.

4. Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco won a Super Bowl while in Baltimore. | Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

One pass to Jacoby Jones in the 2012 playoffs helped Joe Flacco get to a Super Bowl and also earn a monster contract from the Ravens. Flacco has never reached a Pro Bowl and has routinely been boosted by strong defenses. He has never eclipsed the 27-touchdown mark and has been relegated to a backup role in both Baltimore and Denver. Finally, it's safe to say Flacco is not elite.

3. Trent Dilfer

Trent Dilfer led Baltimore to its first Super Bowl win.
Trent Dilfer led Baltimore to its first Super Bowl win. | Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Trent Dilfer also benefitted from a legendary defense to win his only ring. 2000 was his only year in Baltimore and he threw for 1,502 yards in 11 games. Dilfer never reached 3,000 yards in a season and was not given another year by the Ravens after leading the team to a Super Bowl. He won as a backup and held that role for nearly the rest of his career.

2. Nick Foles

Nick Foles
Nick Foles stepped in as a hero for the Philadelphia Eagles. | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Nick Foles has had a bizarre career arc. He has never started more than 11 games in a season and his Super Bowl victory came in a year when he was the clear backup. Yet Foles played out of his mind in the 2017 postseason, throwing for 373 yards in the Super Bowl and being named MVP. He followed that up by being benched in both Philly and Jacksonville.

1. Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler surprised fans by winning a title with the Giants.
Jeff Hostetler surprised fans by winning a title with the Giants. | Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Jeff Hostetler is another backup who found himself playing in a Super Bowl. He backed up Phil Simms during the 1990 season until Simms went down late in the year. Enter the backup who did enough and won it all, thanks to the infamous Scott Norwood missed field goal for the Buffalo Bills. Hostetler had a nice run with the Raiders from 1993-1994, but will be remembered as a backup who did just enough to win.